Daonuts Holiday Sugar Cookies
The perfect, buttery holiday cookie!
The recipe is simple and the dough is easy to handle.
This cookie dough freezes well and can be kept in freezer for one month. Or bake
cookies ahead of time (left undecorated) wrap tightly and freeze for two weeks.
A Royal Icing recipe is below.
There are many website, recipe and video instructions on how to decorate cookies.
This one from TheKitchn illustrates a simple approach to fuss-free, hand-iced, sugar
cookies suitable for friends and family, Go HERE.
* Tapioca starch for dusting pastry board
3 cups Daonuts Cakes, Cookies, Muffins Flour
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (this is in addition to the xanthan gum already in Daonuts flour blend)
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/4 cup chilled unsalted butter (2-1/2 sticks) or dairy-free substitute
1 cup organic sugar, see Sugar Alternatives for low glycemic options
1 egg or egg-free substitute
1 egg yolk (leave out for egg free version)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vanilla, lemon or almond extract
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together Daonuts CCM flour blend, xanthan gum and salt. Set aside.
In the large bowl of stand mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat on high speed for 3 minutes until well combined. Butter does not need to be fluffy.
Add in egg, egg yolk and extract of choice. Beat just to combine.
Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients; mix just to combine. form dough into two 3/4" thick disks, wrap each in plastic wrap and chill a minimum of two hours or over night.
Preheat oven to 325°
Let one disk sit at room temperature until softened slightly. About 5 minutes; longer if dough was refrigerated over night. Roll out dough on a lightly dusted surface (tapioca starch) until about 1/4" thick. Turn and dust with more tapioca starch as needed. If dough gets soft or sticky, chill until firm. Cut out shapes with dusted cookie cutters then transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until edges are golden, 12-16 minutes, depending on size of cookies.
When done, place cookie sheet on wire rack to cool for five minutes allowing cookies to firm up. Then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with scraps and remaining dough. If remaining dough is too warm, simply mold into a disk, wrap and re-refrigerate until cool enough to handle.
Classic Royal Icing
2 Tbs powdered egg whites OR meringue powder plus 6 Tbs. warm water
OR 3 large egg whites
16 oz. (4 cups) confectioners’ sugar
Food coloring (optional)
1 tsp Almond, lemon or vanilla flavoring (Note, vanilla will darken the icing a bit)
If using the powdered egg whites or meringue powder and warm water, combine them in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl. Let stand, whisking frequently, until the powder is dissolved, about 5 minutes. If using fresh egg whites, just put them in the bowl.
With the whisk attachment on a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, begin mixing on medium speed until frothy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and continue beating until blended. Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is thick and shiny, about 3 minutes for fresh eggs and 5 minutes for powdered. Stir in food coloring (if using). Put a damp paper towel directly on the icing to keep a skin from forming. If not using within 2 hours, cover the bowl with plastic and refrigerate.
For Dipping cookies portion out the desired amount in small bowl and then add a few drops of warm water until desired consistency.